Category Archives: Recipes
Sounds more involved than it really is – it’s a one hour no rise recipe. It sounded like the perfect thing to serve with the posole I have simmering. I had a little bit of cheddar so this one was made with shredded Parmesan to round it out.
I thought as the farm stand season winds down it would be fun to focus on recipes that take advantage of super fresh produce before it all disappears.
I was going to make an Eggplant Parmesan for the featured recipe but never got around to it, so I went with the Chili Rellenos Casserole instead.
To get started, a fresh and tangy Asian Pear and Grape Cabbage Salad, recipe here.
These Marinated Mushrooms (recipe here) sounded good and could be used as an appetizer or sliced into a salad.
Pizza is great way to get have a fun and flavorful vegetarian dinner. JeffreyW always does pizzas right and his Margherita Pizza (picture above) is no exception. Click here for his recipe and lots of photos.
This week’s dinner menu sticks with the veggie theme: Pasta with Marinated Vegetables and Bruschetta. Menu, recipes and shopping list are here.
And finally, for the pet lovers, Bixby checked in this week, spoiler alert there was a bath and a stuffed monkey.
What’s cooking in your kitchen this weekend? Have any cool weather recipes to share?
Tonight’s featured recipe, quick, easy and oh, so good:
Chili Rellenos Casserole
- 2-7 oz cans whole green chilies
- ½ onion, diced
- 16 oz shredded 4-blend Mexican cheese
- 4 to 6 corn tortillas, torn into wide strips
- 4 eggs
- 4 oz salsa
- ¼ cup milk
- salt & pepper
- ½ tsp crushed garlic
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro ( Italian parsley or fresh basil if you hate cilantro)
bowl, 8×8 glass baking dish, greased
Drain and seed peppers. Layer 1/3 of the peppers in the bottom of baking dish, top with 1/3 onions, 1/3 of the cheese and 1/3 tortilla strips. Repeat to make three layers. Beat together eggs, salsa, milk, spices and cilantro. Pour evenly over casserole. Bake uncovered at 350° for 35-40 minutes until fluffy and center is set.
That’s it for this week. Have a fun and safe weekend. – TaMara
Mrs J insisted on buying frozen raspberries the last time we were at the market so she could make these. We made some blueberry cookie bars not too long ago and she said at the time that we needed to do them with raspberries. These used a different recipe and they turned out less a cookie bar than a granola bar – not saying one is better than the other. Smitten Kitchen hasn’t failed us yet for yummy recipes.
These mushrooms can serve as an appetizer or side dish.
- 8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, washed, dried and stems removed
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- fresh oregano, chopped
- salt and pepper
bowl, large jar with lid
In a bowl, add lemon juice and white wine vinegar, slowly whisk olive oil into it. Stir in fresh oregano, salt and pepper to taste.
Place mushroom in the jar, pour marinade over them, cover with the lid and shake gently to coat mushrooms completely.
Refrigerate overnight, gently shaking occasionally. Serve at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftovers.
It’s turned off cool again here in Beautiful Southern Illinois™ so Mrs J demanded soup Some Sort of Soup, then quickly refined that to Some Sort of Potato Soup. I had the best part of a stick of Andouille sausage thawed from making the last pizza and I wondered if maybe… Yes! One of the nice things about search engines is that you can input ingredients you have on hand as search terms and you will probably get recipes that use them. A recipe from Emeril topped the page in the returns I got. (Google personalizes searches so your returns may not match mine – I browse recipes pretty often.)You can do it all in one pan but the one I wanted to use was busy melting frozen blocks of chicken stock so I enlisted my wok to start the onions and sausage. I just dumped all this into the pot with the stock when it was ready. The long handle on the wok lets me flip the contents like a real chef – hey Emeril, long time no see, Pal!
A stick blender will let you blend in some of the potato chunks to thicken the broth. I removed some of the potato pieces and stock to a small bowl to do that to keep away from the sausage and herbs.
Today sucked. I mean really and truly sucked.
But in other news, there’s water on Mars and the Blood Moon did not bring on the apocalypse and in the words of Scarlett O’Hara, tomorrow is another day.
I have a bunch of nice vegetarian sides and main dishes piled up in my to post file, so I thought this week would be a good time to focus on a few. Farm stands are still going strong, the weather can’t decide if it’s grilling or soup weather, this seemed like a safe bet.
Asian Pear and Grape Cabbage Salad
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp spicy brown mustard
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together all the ingredients, except oil, slowly whisk in oil to create vinaigrette. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
- 1/2 head of red cabbage
- 1/2 head Savoy cabbage
- 1 Asian pear, halved, cored and sliced into thin strips
- 1 Red Anjour pear, halved, cored and sliced into thin strips
- 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
- 1 cup seedless green grapes, halved
- 1/2 cup toasted walnut or almond pieces
Cut each cabbage in half to create two wedges, remove core and slice crosswise into thin shreds, toss with pears, grapes and nuts. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss thoroughly. Let set for 10 minutes and serve.
This little boy was left at the door of the shelter last Sunday, along with his sister. At least they weren’t left to fend off coyotes out on a country road somewhere. He’s had his shots and has been released into the kitten house with the others. Too small yet to be chipped and fixed – Mrs J says the vet’s rule-of-thumb is to wait till they weigh five pounds, or roughly four to five months. Moar buns! These are still warm and I’ve just brushed them with melted butter. They smell great! We’ll have sloppy joes on a couple of them tonight.This one just came in with three siblings. Mrs J doesn’t have any info on any of them.Here’s that same kitteh with a litter mate, calico coloring about the head and tail. A pair of real cuties.I’ve been making the dough for the buns in my bread machine, letting them go through the first rise before dumping them onto a plastic mat to divide and shape. I wondered the other day what the loaf would look like if I just let it go ahead and complete an entire bread cycle in the machine. Bad idea, the loaf grew much to big and was sticking to the lid. I’m guessing that full tablespoon of yeast the bun recipe called for had a lot to do with that. Today I dumped the dough and cut it into two pieces, tamped it down into the pans and let it rise for another 45 minutes before sliding them into a 375 oven. After 20 minutes they were done.They look and feel much like regular store-bought white bread, same texture and crumb, a bit more chew to the crust. I bet they make killer BLTs.
I went to the pantry and found a quart of last year’s tomato sauce for a pasta meat sauce. I made quite a bit, adding a big onion, several peppers from the patio garden, Italian sausage, lots of minced garlic, and plenty of fresh herbs. We had it on spaghetti for lunch, leaving plenty sauce for a supper dish. TaMara’s cast iron purchase made me do this in one of my skillets. This 10 incher is just big enough for 8 ounces of cooked rigatoni with sauce and some mozzarella we had leftover from yesterday’s pizza.I noticed that a couple of the recipes I looked at called for assembling the dish in individual sized casseroles but I don’t have anything suitable so I used the pan I had. I discovered why the mention of individual portions – you need a helper with scissors to cut the mozzarella strings when spooning the pasta into bowls!